"Nothing happens this time of year, right?"

"Nothing happens in real estate this time of year right?"

So often I hear this from people I meet - past clients, friends, people at parties, etc. One can explain the numbers: number of listings in December, number of pending transactions, number of closed sales. We can break those down by state, by county, by town, by neighborhood.

And just as often I see eyes glaze over.

So, I now use anecdotal stories to make the same point. When asked I now tell people...

  • Christmas week I had two closings on properties I listed in November. They closed 12/22 and 12/24.
  • On 12/20 I presented an offer on new construction for a buyer; it was accepted on 12/21. We had the bank appraisal done on 12/27, and the home inspection is set for January 3.

new construction in Redwood City

  • Clients relocating from the Boston area are flying out here on January 1; we have 2 days of property tours set for Jan. 2 and Jan 3. Hopefully they'll find their California home and we'll be writing up an offer.
  • The week of January 5 I'm meeting with a seller, making final preparations to list her property.
  • By January 12 we'll be getting disclosures and inspections set up for another listing.

These weeks around the holidays are busy ones in San Francisco, San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley.

Things do happen in real estate this time of year!

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547



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Comment balloon 13 commentsLottie Kendall • December 29 2014 08:07AM


This could be a California thing. We really don't have seasons so home buying is pretty steady. I got several calls this week. One buyter and 3 renters. Living doesn't stop.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 5 years ago

Lottie - I think it is was you make it.  This is a time when there are no "toilet flushers" as Conrad Allen calls them.  You have new budgets, new hires, relo.  Lots of reasons to expect activity.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 5 years ago

The challenge this time of year, Jane Peters is to find inventory. I'm looking now for clients - in the entire town of San Carlos we have 3 listings! Mountain View has 8; Belmont 1! Not much from which to choose.

Grant Schneider - Conrad has a way with words And I think New Year's resolutions fit into the mix.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago

Good evening Lottie.. it is great to be busy and if one is willing to work as you are .. business does happen during the holiday season.  Good for you!!

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) over 5 years ago

Lottie Kendall kudos, and you ARE busy!    The week between Christmas and NewYears can and have been very busy, and always good when our phone rings!   

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 5 years ago

Lottie - I think the holidays and end of the year are a very busy time for us in real estate!  Glad you're keeping busy too!  Happy New Year!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 5 years ago

Good morning, Judith Parker - the calls and emails keep arriving, even on Dec. 30!

Joan Cox - I always think I'll use the week between Christmas and New Year's Day to get my office ready for the new year (close out files, take old closed files to storage, etc.) but then reality hits -- real estate is busy and not taking a breather.

good morning, Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com - I can imagine you have a lot of buyers now, anxious to get that ski cabin. Enjoy your busy days.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago

Yes they do, that is a fact. I am busy myself. Grateful for sure. Happy New Year to you and your family Lottie!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 5 years ago

Hi Lottie, I can't agree more. I am writing an offer tonight. I feel excited about the action/activity you have during this season.

Happy New Year.

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) over 5 years ago

No slowdown for you, Lottie! Congrats on finishing the year strong - and hitting the ground running in 2015! Happy New Year!

Posted by Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor (RISMedia) over 5 years ago

Hi Sharon Paxson - congratulations on finishing the year strong. Happy New Year.

Maria Gilda Racelis - how did your offer go? Hopefully you're in contract and can look forward to a January closing. Happy New Year.

Thanks Suzanne De Vita - 2015 is shaping up to be as strong a year as 2014. Happy New Year to you.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago

Lottie, they sure do.  I got an executed contract the day before Christmas, home inspection the second day of 2015 and a few showings in between.  It's a good time for real estate.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 5 years ago

Hi Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR - you're off to a rockin' good start to the year! Your market sounds about like ours. I signed a new listing on 12/31; had buyers out on tours most of the day on 1/2 and 1/3; showed and hopefully leased a rental listing yesterday; had a home inspection for other buyers yesterday. No down time for us!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago